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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: W&N (4 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075382731X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753827314
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 267,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elmore Leonard was born in New Orleans on 11 October 1925. He wrote forty-five books during his phenomenal career, including the bestsellers Mr Paradise, Tishomingo Blues, Be Cool and The Hot Kid. Many have been made into successful movies, including Get Shorty with John Travolta, Out of Sight with George Clooney and Rum Punch, which became Tarantino's Jackie Brown. He is the recipient of the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award and the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award. He died on 20 August 2013 in Detroit.
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The film Get Shorty was a success on many fronts. It introduced a new style of hip gangster that revised the stereotype of the Godfather series. It also helped relaunch the career of John Travolta and it brought Elmore Leonard's impressive body of fiction to larger public attention. In Hollywood, such a triumph usually spawns a sequel--a film that rehashes the great jokes and cool scenes of the first film, but with none of the panache that initially inspired audiences.

In the beginning of Be Cool, the sequel to the novel Get Shorty, readers are reminded that Chili Palmer--like his creator--scored a huge success with a gangster film (his was entitled Get Leo). But the sequel, Get Lost, was a predictable dud. Rather than follow that sordid story, however, Leonard takes Chili into a totally new direction. He places Chili on a murder investigation (in which he is a prime suspect) and then traces Chili's entry into the music business. Meanwhile, Leonard reveals a whole new cast of fresh, funny and flaky characters to populate Chili's world; characters like Elliot the gigantic, gay, Samoan bodyguard who lives to be on the stage. Throughout, the voice of John Travolta rings in Chili's every speech (word has it that Travolta has already been cast to reprise the role) as Leonard pokes fun at the Hollywood apparatus and the task of a sequel writer.

Be Cool surpasses its original because it is so self-consciously a novel about sequels, about the sometimes cowardice that limits the creativity of the American film industry. It is hard to imagine how Leonard could top the multilayered satire/crime novel/exposé. One only hopes for a sequel. Fans of Be Cool might want to check out music from The Stone Coyotes, the band that served as Leonard's model in the book. --Patrick O'Kelley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Elmore Leonard novels invariably sparkle with wit and ingenuity. Superlative entertainment. (HUDDERSFIELD DAILY EXAMINER)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Teebs on 8 Aug. 2004
Format: Paperback
This was my first book that I read by Leonard and I have read several since. Leonard is a master of dialogue which makes any of his books worthwhile. In other books of his the underworld characters and the violent plots can seem a little unengaging. What makes "Be Cool" so enjoyable by contrast is that we have the subplots of a very tacky Spice Girls covers band and a bizarre gay bodyguard, to counteract the usual machismo. This book is never predictable and always enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 May 1999
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I sometimes think it's a pity Hollywood heard of Elmore Leonard. It's taken them years to get anywhere near making a film of one of his books that does justice to the original. Now Leonard himself seems to have bowed to the inevitable and started to write with film and actors in mind. However, he is doing it very much with his tongue in his cheek by inserting all sorts of sly digs at that world and the people in it, and in this book he also does a number on the the music business. Leonard can't write a bad book, he has a style and a mood that is unique, and once you start one you know you're going to enjoy it. But, please, Elmore, don't write any more with films or Travolta in mind. Get back to Miami, or Detroit. And if they must make a film of Be Cool, jettison Travolta and get Susan Sarandon to play Elaine with her husband as Chilli.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Feb. 2004
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a great read, with totally midblowing dialogue.
it's set in the music industry. with lots of funny side-characters.
one of Leonard's finest reads, without too much blood and guts!
read it soon, you will laugh all night.
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Chilli Palmer, first seen in Leonard's novel Get Shorty here makes his way into the music industry, giving the author the opportunity to satirise that world as effectively as he did the film world in the earlier book.

This is not strictly a sequel. You certainly do not need to have read Get Shorty first, as - aside from Chilli - there is very little connecting the two books.

As usual with Elmore Leonard, the characters, dialogue and plot twists are razor-sharp and perfectly judged.

Recommended.
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Because this is by Elmore Leonard, it's good. Well plotted, excellent dialogue. But, somehow, it's not one of the great Elmores. At his best, Leonard is the absolute, undisputed, Number 1 in this field. But he's getting older, and maybe the fire is beginning to die down. There's a feeling about Be Cool of going through the motions. It's still better than 4 out of 5 writers could have made it, just because of who the author is, but it's not quite there.
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I have not found an Elmore Leonard novel that i have not enjoyed yet. The smart dialogue , fast action and imaginative plots are all here. Yet i feel this book is just a vehicle written with an actor in mind to play a roll. A novelisation of a movie yet to be made. Chili Palmer explores the music world and whatever its faults it is a great book which beats 90% of the pretenders to Elmore's crown. I just wish it was better
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By B. Powell on 10 Oct. 2009
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Chilli Palmer is a great character, and when reading the book you can't help but think of John Travolta in the role.
This book had some laugh out loud moments (hence the three stars,) but it was rather flat and insubstantial.
Get Shorty was good. This wasn't. Stick to Elmore Leonard books from 1990, plus or minus 5 years. You'll get VERY good reads. Stray outside those years, and you'll get quite good to mediocre.
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